GAMBIER — The sixth annual Earth Day Festival at Kenyon College celebrates a healthy planet with more than 60 exhibitors, including local artisans, health experts, environmental advocates, and farm marketers Sunday, April 22.
The free event takes place in Kenyon Athletic Center, 221 Duff St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend the Earth Day Festival and take advantage of free parking near the athletic center. The theme is “Healthy People, Healthy World,” and the festival is unique in featuring both environmental and health-field exhibitors.
Entertainment includes a performance by the band Safire Sun, a children’s activity zone, door prizes and farm animals.
Products made from recycled materials will be on display, said Heather Doherty, program manager at the Kenyon Brown Family Environmental Center. Visitors can buy items such as hand bags, jewelry, toys, rugs and home décor made from recycled material at the event. “This helps all of us shop with a cleaner conscience,” Doherty said. “We want to invite people to celebrate and connect with resources that make being good to yourself and the planet easy.”
Visitors will also learn about various products and services including garden plants, geothermal home energy systems, and where to take the family to enjoy the outdoors in Knox County. Free health screenings will also be available.
About 2,000 people are expected to attend the festival that includes about 600 runners competing in the Earth Day Challenge Marathon, which is held in conjunction with the festival.
Event organizers include the BFEC, Knox County Health Department, Knox Community Hospital and the Knox County Park District. The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County provides financial support. To learn more, contact Doherty at firstname.lastname@example.org and 740-427-5052.
Published on April 18, 2012